Skip to comments.Bringing a whole new meaning to belly dancing: The Cuban dance troupe for supersized women only
Posted on 11/26/2012 7:47:37 AM PST by traumer
They might look too big for a tutu, but these women are not part of a weight-loss exercise programme - they are professional dancers. The dance company based in Cuba's capital of Havana is breaking down traditional stereotypes by giving talented oversized performers the opportunity to showcase their abilities.
Danza Voluminosa, which translates as Voluminous Dance, is currently putting on shows to sell-out crowds in the heart of the famous Caribbean island.
In a rhythm: Maylin Daza, 32, during a rehearsal in Havana, Cuba Established in 1996, the group's latest offering called 'Crisalidas' or 'Chrysalis' continues with its tradition of providing a unique medium of expression for those who, on account of their 'generous' physique, have been excluded from regular dance academies. It was the brainchild of director current Juan Miguel Más, who aimed to adapt modern dance techniques to the physical possibilities of overweight people.
There is also a therapeutic aspect to the group, with members working through feelings and emotions associated with being overweight. Over the last 16 years the company has developed relationships with artists from other disciplines such as poets and playwrights, painters and musicians.
In most respects Danza Voluminosa is like any other professional dance troupe, apart from the fact that its participants weigh more. Mailín Daza, the companys prima ballerina, reportedly tips the scales at more than 20stone.
Mr Mas said: 'We provide a context for obese people to develop artistically, to create a language and a structure that makes them able to interact with society.
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NO PICs PLEASE
I’m sorry.... missed your comment :o)
Last Tungo in Paris.
audience members are given free barf bags.
no worries, It’s just a little early yet. LOL
Give it a chance on TV - and it will beat DWTS ratings !
One of the most important activities in which to partake (esp. if you’re overweight) is stretching and flexibility exercise. These women, despite their size, are likely much more flexible and less injury-prone than your “normal weight” couch cruisers.
“Crisis” sounds like a better name.
Wait’...there are super obese women in Cuba ?
I’m actually surprised...
Why sure there are obese women in in Texas too. Haven’t you seen this report?
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Not belly dancers, but muffin-top dancers.
Its all Bush’s fault!
Good for them!!! It takes courage to do what they are doing... as we can see by the comments on this thread. I am happy for them that they are doing what they love, and enjoying it - as they should...
Why the need for a story and pictures? Can't these heifers practice incognito?
I quess that since a guy in Texas taught quarterhorses how to line dance,these heifers can get a chance to dance too.
I saw a troop of belly dancers in a parade once, many of them “overweight” or “obese” or “old” or otherwise not fit for the cover of Vogue.
I thought they were great. More power to them. I think it’s ridiculous that the only women we want to look at have to be in their 20s and in ‘perfect’ condition.
When I see Irish dancers or similar and some of them are grey or paunchy or otherwise not qualified to be Chippendale’s, I smile to see that too. Dance!
Having lived in "Cowtown" for 11 years, I have seen my share of heifers, not the cow ..
In Cuba though...according to Micheal Moore, they have superior health care and I am surprised they allow their women to get so obese...I wonder if Mother Michelle knows...
My wife assisted with a Mission to Haiti. She learned that in places in the third world where parasites and starvation are common “fat” is not derogatory; to be “fat” is considered an indication of health.
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